Tuesday, May 1st, 2012
Article By: Phillip Brunelle
FALL RIVER, MASSACHUSETTS -- After being acquitted for the murder of her parents, Lizzie Borden moved out of the infamous Borden family murder house and purchased a home known as the Maplecroft House in Fall River, MA. Lizzie lived in the Maplecroft from 1894 until her death in 1927, and now more than 100 years later, the house is once again listed on the market.
The Maplecroft is a 3,697 square-foot, 14-room Queen Anne Victorian home, which includes seven bedrooms, four bathrooms, a grand entry foyer, two sunrooms, seven fireplaces, original parquet floors, tin ceilings and mahogany moldings.
Aside from the features of the house, the current homeowner, Robert Dube, has high hopes that the history of the house will justify his asking price. Robert Dube purchased the house in 1980 for $60,000 and today the house has an assessed value of $313,200 however Dube has listed the house for $650,000 which is more than double its assessed value.
HauntedSociety.com requested and reviewed public records in the city of Fall River, Massachusetts which show that Robert Dube has unsuccessfully listed the house on the market several times in the past. The most recent listing was three years ago with an asking price of $725,000.
It's important to note that this house is not the infamous home where the murders of Andrew and Abby Borden took place, this is the house that Lizzie Borden moved into after she was acquitted of the charges, and it's unknown whether or not there are current reports of paranormal activity occurring in this house.
When most people hear the name Lizzie Borden, they reflect back upon the childhood nursery rhyme... "Lizzie Borden took an axe and gave her mother forty whacks, when she saw what she had done, she gave her father forty-one".
In reality, Andrew Borden suffered 11 'whacks' and his wife Abby Borden suffered 19. It is believed the song was created by a newspaper vendor, and thereafter children would sing it while skipping rope.
What do you think about the asking price of the house? Do you feel that the history of this house justifies an asking price of double its assessed value, just because Lizzie Borden lived there after the 1892 murders? Share your opinion in the comment section below.
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